Speleo Spiel

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Speleo Spiel
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The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September 1946. Initially, information was provided to members through a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947. "Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter. In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as continues today (2015). Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements, of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other information likely to be of interest to members from time to time.
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No. 102 (Jun 1975)
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SPELEO SPIEL Newsletter of the Tasmanian Tasmanian mountain s13rbp (Anaspides tasmaniae) S W+ T.C.C. P.O. BOX 416, L, srnov BAY, rrsmmlr, 7005 Registered for posting as a periodical category B


Speleo Spiel. (ITO .l02 ) hual Subscription $3.90 Single copy 30 cents. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ President: Albert Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. Secretaq: Tony Culberg, P.O. Box 47, Sandy Bay, Tas. 7005. Editor Speleo Spiel: Laurie Noody, 13 Ilason Street, Clarcmont. 7011. Phone 49 3316. June 14 Saturday: Day trip to Tiger Road area in the Florentine. t Some new caves to be looked at and numbered. Leader: Laurie Iloody +., June 14,15 & 16 Long Veekend: Friday night booze-up with Launceston Speleo Club then cavine at Mole Creek and Flowery Gully. Leader: Andrew Skinner. July 5 Saturday: Scrub-bashing in the Florentine ;ralley. Leader: Laurie Voody July 2 General ?feet*: To be held at Laurie 1900dy1s place, 13 Nason Strect Claremont Editorial. lay has been a fairly quiet month as is usual for this time of the year. Some trips have taken.place mainly to Gum's Plains, h'iole Creek and the Florentine areas. A trip was also held in the EIontagu area but apparently proved to be a hit of a 'mash-out An attempt was also made to survey Beginners Luck Cave in the Florentine 5ut no-one felt inclined to cram1 along in several inches of watcr. A race between Andrew Skinner and myself has developed in rsffards to cave numbering irt the.Flole Creek and Junee-Florentine areas. One of us is determined to be the first to number 100 caves! The June general meeting was devoted mainly to discussion on the continuing saga of Precipitous Bluff and surroundinz areas. It was also mentioned that sonc nemhers are still unfinancial cough up! Laurie Voody. ............................................... *..,, Club News. CluY7 President, ?l?ert C-qr-lc, --ill 7?e --in,: may fqr five meh carly iq July. Re nil1 visit Snutll .Yrica bef~re going to IIolland to visit relatives. Bon voyage! Prospecti~~e Blembers : Velcome to Peter Watts, 22 Raymont Terrace, Mt. Stuart and Michael (~eb) Butler, Ringarooma Road, Scottsdale. SPECLlL mWKS:-ire extended to Ross Ellis for the great job on the cover of our 10'3th. edition of Spiel and to Andrew Skinmr for providing the photographs. For the ill-infoned, the front cover featured the "Khan" and 'fBegm" in ICuhla Khan Cave at Xolc Creek. The back cover featured a shot ofthc big cavern a short way from Camp One in Exit Cave at Ida Bay. Congratulations are extended by all club menhers to Andrew and Ros Skinner who, I believe, are expecting an addition to their household around Christnas time.


Speleo Spiel. June 1975. ,SURVFXtVG -(Continued from previous issue Speleo Spiel No. 101. ) A section viem'alonG the passage is dram to show height ana as passages a* 'inclined to vary, a cross-section of the passage s'?ould be included to show the shape. Ttze survey is then coqtinued along the passage until a branch is reached. Tron tl~is,point on, stations should be noted with a letter behind t9e number: e.g. 6a, 6b, etc. This nakes it mch easier . .t~ plot.a.nap and f3erefore pinpoint any deviation f2-on the nain passage. On reaching a large chanber, several readings around a central point nake it possible to find its correct position and size. A shaft is usually neasured by tape a~d t7?e only notes on the survey &eet should show "tape length" and .velevati.oq!l;the elevation wil'l 'read -9Q depees. For good results, the tape should alweys be pulled tight and its ends kept at tlie sane height above the floor level. When all tSe figures have been collected, the survey can 5e dram. Uhen the plan length has been worked out, the stations can then be plotted onto tracing paper. The following scales cm be used: M I. ) 20 feet to 1 inch (1 : 240) for all general survey work. \ --. -< 2.) 50 feet to 1 inch (1 : 600) for large caves with no details or if the grade of survey does not warrant a larger scale. 3.) 100 feet to 1 inch (1 : 120~) for location naps or general sumey naps where only the outline of a cave is wanted for correlstion to other caves or surface features. It nay be noted that the above figures are still in feet and inches but as host naps are stilLof this type this systen can still apply for the tine Being. ( That 'S more tke editor is still not fully conversant with the netric system so there!) . The foll?ying points.should alSo.be Pnclucled on the survey:date of survey, surveyors names, instrunents used, grade of survey, scale of the drawing, location of cave, points of interest and dram by ---. Possibly one of the nost important points to renenber is direction e.g. tme and nagne t ic north. (The editor stands to be corrected if his reference is incorrect.) ........................................ AUSTRILIXN SPELEOLOGIC ilL FEDEFUTIOIT CODE OF ETZICS 7 A motion was passed in January that t5e ASF Code of Ethics be published. It hereby appears belo~:~ 1. (a) They will in ~eporting their ;-rork, avoid and discourage sensationalisn, exaggeration and unnarranted stateqents. (b) They will in publish in^; t3eir work take particular care to C aclmmledge other peoples contributions to the work involved; either as clubs or individuals, publis?~ed work, pemonal conmunication or nhatwer. (c) They vill be discreet in disseninating infornation that night endanger caves. In particular tky should qot broadc2st their knovledge of entrance locations or routes. 1 2. (a) They will treat guides .and other officials of tourist caves courteously and respectfully. (b) They vill e~deavour to be courteous .to the general public but will defend caves fro3 the attentions of the m-instructed \ vhere tllis is deemed necessary for the prohction of thecave. 3. (a) mey will carefully olserve the established rules1 'of good canping. Conduct especially in the renoval and proper disposal of rubbisl. (b) They nil1 bury t5eir faeces vl?en cmping in bush conditions, but should avoid tbe catchient areas of caves.


Speleo Spiel. June 1975. 4. (a) They mill have specific or tacit approval froi~ the omer or guardian before entering private property or caves reserves. (b) They will follow nomal local practices regarding gates on properties or reserves. (c) They nill not, except il? cases of energency, presume on the goodnil1 of o:mers in dry areas for supplies of water. Prior arran~gxtenta must be nsde. (d) They will take care to avoid interference L~ith stock or crops. (e ) They r-iill rhere a cave e-itrmce as been blocked by the ot'r;ler to prevent injury to livestock, reblock the entrance -zfter use and liaise with the owner to erect some ferlce or other less offensive means to protect t\e integrity of the entrance. 5. (a) They mill not leave rubbish in caves; their oFm or other peoples! Spent carbide, flash-bulbs, mappinss and other refuse must be brought out of the cave. (b) They vill not disfi&ars caves by any un-necessary markin-. Survey marks should be small and inconspicuous. (c) They mill take care to avoid disf iL~retion or destruction of cave decor~tion or aq other naturczl fejtures of the cave. Disturbance should be confined to tracks. Lq areas of clean flomtone floor, md.dy clothing or boots must he removed and only clean clothing morn. Tracks sl-o:~ld ,be rigidly adhered to. Helmets should not be ~mrn in the vicinity of stalactite clusters. (d) They nill not under any circ~~istazces leave fAeces in caves, they nill prepare themselves Sef orehand or, vhen umJerground, :make provision for the removal of faeces. {e) They r;-rill talce striagent precautions to isolate all mtif icially intro. duced organic :-rastes from the cave. 6. (a) They mill, nherz visiting an area frequently visited by afiother club, do all in their power to co-operate vith that club. (b) They nill conduct disputes in a restrained and gentlemanly manner. 7. (a) They vill behave rcsponsibily in enviromentzl matters. (b) T71cy vill endeavour to ?rote& the caves of Australia. ............................................. Some of you may have read E.T Emnctt's book, "Tasmania by Road and Tr?cktY but for those that haven't, I nould like to drav to pour attention some of the narratives in Chapter Six of ty~is book. The narrztives in question refer to Tasmanian caves. The book itself T~S zrritten in I952 a?d further revised in 1953. The -% aut"lor h& written a very interest in:; book ~hich undoubtedly deserves a place on V every Tasmanian bookshelf. However, it is interesting to reflect on hat was knm about our caves sone trrenty-three years ago. For the benefit of those vho kave not read the book, I nould like to quote the words of the author:"The name ITole Creek may seem rather repellent, but I for one would not have it changed, for it is as apt a title as any. Thc creek that gives the tmship its name definitely burrows like a mole, ancl while on its underzround journey it performs feats that are not eq~a'lled by any strean even in t'lis island of surprises. Having noticed the little river in its aoher journey through the villas preparatory to losi,z,r itself in the turhlent ;Jersey, you t7o~der at its nodesty T~~%e:l you learn of the exploits of its iilfmcy. It merely prattles when it is entitled to shout. 14ole Creck ~nd its tributaries have, like Coleridge's sacred river, literally rzm through "caverns measureless to mant'. Nobody except the creek itself knows where it has been nor what miracles it has been pelTFormint.. The explanation is, of course, that this is n limestone country, and many a stream plays hide and seek amoiloil,tke hills. Caves are ~mberless. Some of them


Speleo Spiel. Page 4. June 1917'. are privately mmed by farmers; otkrs are exploited to attract sightseers. Bottomless holes are so common tbt lcmdholders hardly ever bother to explore them. Notieing that ie,?rly all the fences were mry, I enquired heth her the district.had been settled as long zs the fences seemed to indicate. "Veil, sir," explained my in o--ant, "the place is so riddled with caves that no fencer is game to sink a Fole more than eighteen inches deep for fear of disappearing into the bowels of t?e earth!" This is a sample of a lie that is not a Lie. The Xole Czeekers love to tell of t!ie man who threw his cat into the river 2nd. heard t~m dzys Inter that it had been f ou;?d aith only tvo of it 'S nine lives loot, henty mS.les. awy near Reaconsfield, crm-ling out of the Flovery Gully caves. Eventuslly, Tasmania ?ill be knom F.e the mrld's outstanding cave-land. A belt of limestone runs through the island Qrom near Reacmsfield in the north, through I,lole Creek, Flourtt Yield Nationnl Park and the FIuon, terminating at Ida 3ng. There are cnves in the foothills of Admson's Penk horn as the Hastings Caves, as fascinating as those to be found anyri'nere. ill except one are sealed up, ameiting the day a3en thousands of si;:htseers nil1 flock to wonder at them. Ten miles from Mole Creek the road dives steeply to the I,le'mey at Liena. The hillside is riddled 7~ith caves, some of wttich I entered rith the aid of a rope. It is eerie vork crav1in{; about these ?,un!zeons of rrhich the only inhabitants seem to be g1m-t;oms. These lover levels are, in effect, th.e suburbs of the ell-knm King Solomon Cave, vhore, though the monarch may not bc seen in all his glory, ??is palace m2y. No doubt the visitors thoucht they got their money's north ivl the .days when acetylene wzs the illumi~iant but they get manv times the value now that electric li&ti.ng is provided. If Kin;; Solomon. is not 2iustralj.n'~ finest cave, then Awtralia is lucky. AI1 the usual features are there pillars, sl~av?ls, fume-bushes, menageries, cathedral chambers md the vmious f realm that emp?las ize the limestone vizard's weird skill and in addi-tion there is s :;lorious colour scheme. There is not an inc? of blmk space in the hole cavern. . . ?L fen miles a~rr,y in the f oot'iills of the Weetern Tiers, lies immense Flarakoopc Cave. 3. mile or so of chm5ers and galleries have been opened up, but zobody kno~rs mhere the cave ends. The guides my thrt they have walked for n day, and the passages still burrow into t5e mountain side." .I trust that you all have enjoyed reading about our mapificent caves of the Yole Creek area. I also wonder Tsrbat E.T Emr;lctt vould say if he vas to be taken on a tour through Kubla and Croesus not to mention Xxit and others. Truly an enchanting piece of literqture vhich, in my mind, is mellworthy of a mention some henty odd years lsrter. Laurie IIoody. ....................................... ROW TO GNE UP CAVING!! In our last issue, Te featured an article asking 'met is a Cever?', In this issue, we mil.1 endemour to -7ive you our version of how to give up caving. There are many riays that you cnn give u~ caving, of mhictl perhaps the easiest is by not turning up next trip! T$is, .?.owever, is reco~ized as the cowards may but and althou& this metkd is still quite commo:lly used throughout most, if not all, caving clubs, some cavers still prefer .to go out with a flourish. Xost of the methods used arereally quite simple. Some prefer to refrain from tving Bocrlines in the helny rope and tie slip-knots instead. Then, by selecting a suTtnble drop, they tend to accidently.fal1 off the ladder rmdsplat: Chances of survival in tllis particular case are usually fatal but some have Seen knom to meke ahash of things and still end up ?wring to pay chb dues. Others, intent on making ?leadlines in the locr-l rag, prefer to jump into fest f Io~inc rivers or per5aps. jam themselves in incrcdj-bly tif,"n.t squeezes and defy all efforts


Speleo Spiel. June 1975. to have themselves extricated. Tempor~rj methods, which usually result in the victim returning to caving sooner or later, are usually quite common. Broken legs, arms and damage to other parts of the nnatomy have a habit of occuring f rom time to time. Honever, on the whole, caving is a sport :7hich tends to get into your blood and resistance is utterly useless! Laurie Ffoody. Heard about ho members of the cloth rho l.vere both keen cavers in their spare time. Seems thst t'wy mere doing a spot of caving in Gnping Sill Cave in Englmd arid whilst negotisting a hairy ladder pitc?, one kept missinc the rungs. Each time he missed he'd mutter, "Bugger it!! "Tissed again!!" His companion, astounded at his friend's renarks exclaimd, "You mustn't say things like that! 1 bolt of lig%tning might strike you dmm!" Several rungs later the cler[-man on the ladder a@n missed a rung and once ogain let fort11 his anger. "Bugger it!! "issed wain!! At that moment, a Srilliant flash of ligr?tnirr.g lit the cave for an instant aqd struck the non-smaring minister. -In instant later a voice homed through the cme "Ehgger it! Ilissed again!" composed by Uncle Lem. m popular demand ( and by the fact t5at no-one has sued me yet) here are some more limericks A keen young caver called John, -1 caver called hdy by name, Vho is tall, laI&y and strong, Came to the Spiel to complain. Stripped off h the raw 're had neglected to mention, Dom by the sea-shoreFor our reader's attentionAnd the slide of his exploits lives on: Those cover photos we forgot to acclaim! Vith women's lib all to the fore, ilhert Code is our President, %'d better aention a female for sure, Be found bmes near the old Settlement, Ros is her nane "It 'S a cow!" he did moan, And caving's 'ier gameBut he took th.crr! on hmcA cnver's wife must hion the score! And discovered they had been heaven se2t : -1 female ne born as Therese, A caver vho works at the gaol, Is faned for her hug-hunting sprees. ?lay be run out of tm on a rail. *But Ithink Imgme, .-He 'S been printing these rhLynes To mention her nnmeTo sdd to his crimesDespite all her threats and her pleas! And no1:: half the club's on his trail! Party: Tony Culberg (L), Ruth Stepkenson (TCC), Peter Tatts, David Ziegler, He1 en Montgomery and Jrmes Chapman is it ors ) Sat. only: Theresc 2nd Diana Coede. Sun. only: Tim Booth (from Weanbeym, NSY), This trip was another fmm Rose Bay High School but not very many attended only iIelen and James. On Saturday ve met at the gate and drove to 13egimer's


Speleo Spiel. Page 6. June 1375. Luck. We entered via m m-numbered entrance and thrashed along Ruth's Cravl to the sump. On the may back, hth and Jmes plus Peter explored a side passage, vrhich eventually led pcst numerous wombat droppings to mother as yet un-charted entrmce. The skgppsted nnne for this one is WOWUA?YO. Therese, who piked on a manoeuvre in the early part of the cave, located another bone deposit near the entrance. It vill be examined in detail later this nontll. Opposite the car park there are two dcep holes fquarries for road Pill). One has underground drainage about 30cn in diameter. Diana located this by throwing an apple at it. Later, --e 1oo::ed at Cashion Creek Cave to shm7 the neophytes some 'pretties', such. as they are. %.I Sunday, ne met Tim Booth &n ex-Englmd nm school teacher based at Queanbeyan, r~ho nvted to ta7-e a look at Khazad-Dun. As he has been to Pierre Saint-Nartin, it 'S only fair he should see Lustralia's Deepest. Due to the lack of eipcricnce. (2nd taclrle) i? nost of the party, ne only vient as far zs the 27.4 netre pitch. This proved to be more thz1 e~ough for some ;.h0 did not like t\e vertical sections. Te ~wrc u:lder@ound for about 24 hours. TTe left early .and on t\e Boyer road to Bridgewater me stopped and taught Belen, J

Speleo Spiel. Pa,7. June 1975. of Prehistory. The cave is a large abandoned sea-cave in a cliff of Precanbrian slate on the east side of the island. 'Jhen the site gas first occupied, the last Ice Age was somenhere near its maximum and so nucl1 ice 17as locked up in ~laciers and ice caps that the sea-level nould have been at leest 100 netres lover than it is today. At that tine, the island of Tosnania as how it today, vould have ?wen connected to Victoria and Hunter Island nould have 5een part of Tasltlania. The cave crhich now over-looks the sea, muld have over-looked extensive plains of lon-lyin;: country vhich probably provided suitable hunti~g grounZs. Albert Goede. Ref eqexe : -Sagdra Bovrdler 1974: An account of an Archaeological Reconnaissance of Huqter 's Isles, North-Vest Taswmia, 1977/71. Records of the Queen Victoria Kuseucr No. 54, 22 p. The following new name was accepted at the Nay general neeting: HEGINNERtS LUCK: for JF' 79-80 in the Floregtine Valley. For a description of this cave see Speleo Spiel No. 101. iit the Nay meeting, Ruth Stephenson Tas accepted as a full meml>er. She has already t&en part in the exploration of Beginner's Luck and has also visited Khazad-M, 7lystcry Creek Cave and Exit Cave. Her address id 75 Tophan St; Rose Bay, 7015. 17elcor?e to the nob! Philip Rohinson, 20 Remilly Street, South Ho?art, 7000. PART 3 CLEROFT EXPEDITIOPT TIB LIST TmE DAYS. Friday, 31st. Januaq Anotl~er fine day. This was the last day's caving for most of us and several partics went out. >rim Collin and Attila Trrana sper,t a short tine in Judd's Cavern in the morning and rgcovered t5e safety rope fron the sunp. After an early lunch they rent off to explore t!~e southern slopes of the hill a3ove Judd's Cavern. h nmber of us merit up the hill to the look-out point to get shots of Federat-' ion Peak and the Arthur Range. I then went to iktchlirfht Cavern rith Peter Downs, Ton Vhaite, Bob CJoo1:iouse and Peter Shaw. !Rile the others went off to take -c pretty pictures, I searched around for cave fauna in the e~trance chanber and nearby passagss. Although the cave looked pronising, no cave adapted fauna was found. hple cave crickets mere seen and a good smple was collected. I also observed a few cave spiders (Hickania tro~lodgt~). I finally ahandoncd the searc?~ had a quick look throu& the cave vith Tar: Thaite &.Peter Dovms. I had not seen tF,e cave %fore and vras inpressed with its size and the quality of the formations. ';le returned to cap for a late lunch. In the afternoon, we spent some time in Judd's Cavern taking photographs. John.Taylw and Rrian Lefoe spent the day i;l the upstrem section qf Judd's Cavera vhich they entered via King T3illy :Iole. This entrance was numbered C 8. No furthr discoveries were made. Brirn a~d i~ttila retur-led in high spirits fron a hard day's scrub-bashing. mey had explored the base of the soutbcrn slope of the hill to tlle west of King Billy TIole and reported several prmisi:-g discoveries, containing large passages and chambers, wl~ic? due to lack of time mre not fully explored. h nost of us were comittcd to start ~all41-g out the following mornin~, further exploration nould have to wait for another expedition.


.Speleo Spiel. Page 8. June 1975. Saturday, 1sA. February. A most remarkable sight to sce most cavers up at first ligkt. Evenjonc seemed eager to get away as soon as possible with the exception only of Brian, alttiln and the ?haite party. Peter Dxms nas one of the first to depart and pronptly lost thc track not far from canp until hc mas 'rcscucd' by a following group. I left camp at 8.30arn. and reached tFe begiming of thc blue track to Draughting Hole (C 9) and nmbcred thc cntra~lce. ;7hen I returned, I fmnd Neil Hickson waiting for me !7c set off at 10.45cm. and reached Pine Camp at 12.15~~. to find Bob 'Joolhousc and Carcy Handf ield already there. :/c boiled the billy and left again at 1.30pn. -After a hot afternoon's walking dm the valley of Famhousc Crcc!: and dodging snakes, me reached Big Bsnd at about 4.?5pn. and canped tbe night. Three mlkcd out that day while tr~o others cmpcil at High Cmp. 3rian md Attila spent the noming cleaning up the cam~site at Judd's Cavern. They then shifted cmp to Draughting Bole and cxplved the 13 nctre pitch they had found t;Jo days earlier unfortmzately without success. The Tkaite party reached Pine Camp. Sufiday, 2nd. Februaq The six of us who had canped at Big Bend and High Camp reached the vehicles at about lunchtine. i7e had a leisurely if somewhat cramped trip back to Hobart in Bob's Inndrover. The :bite party rcachcd the vehicles later in the aay together mith Brian and ,Ittila. Ulzfortunately Joyce 1;Jtraite h2d spiked her leg in a fall along the Farmhouse Creck section of thc track. Llthough she was able to walk out, she was forced to spend a vcck in the Royal Robart Hospital after returni2g to Hobart. The kip rmst 512 considered a success. Some 2 kilomctrcs of new cave were discovorcd and a lot of surveying nas done. Ve were fortunate in having exceptionally good mathcr. Even so, more rmains to be explored and sooner or later (prohbly later) othar caving expeditions will go there. Albert Goede. It was only a natter of tine before someone else joined the act! A certain fenale nenber of the club (no nanes mentioned) sent in this little contribution which appears be1on:CAVJXG LI?ERICXS by "An1 Tee". 3 cavcr of vhom me all knm, A dashing young caver called Tony, Troggecf the Florentine on his lilo, Fell out 15th a girl nmed Yahony, And the water so cold, So to Tassie he came Though that night he was boldTo seek fairer gme, Bad affected his get up and go! But this linerick's a lot of baloney! A speedie young caver narned Nicholas, A couple based in Glenorchy, Knm in car rallies for his quick(e) Spent a long tine apart, yes sireeness, Non together again, Though to caving tis horn TJe 've found out they're fair game, He has recently shm, For a lecture on thoughts Z.P.G.: Just a certain degree of fickleness! SPEC l% FEATURE : ! by Noel Rawlinson. See next page . .


Speleo Spiel. Page 9. June 1975. Nest of us have net the huge bearded cave guide from Jenolan Caves, Noel Rawlinson who paid us a visit in August 1973. "Spiel" has recently received an account of his visit and it will be published in part over the next few issues. Noel headod his report "Tasnanian Trip to Explore ad Photograph Creosus, Kubla Khan and Exit Caves". (I have taken the liberty of shortening this title. Ed.) BIG NOEL 'S TASS IE TROG. Part One. The trip was vrcll planned in advance. After my trip to Tasmania in "ay, I realized that I was una3le to acconplish all that I ~rnntec! to do in dcteil, so nith the help of the Tasnanizn Caverneering Club and to a VC,-y great extent, the assistance of 2mdrew Skinner, vhich I am very grateful for and cmnot tliank enough, we started to arrange and conpile ny itinerary f"or ny visit in July. This eventually had to be changed to August the 10th. Uy first object :ass to obtain a cmera that would enable me to take the photographs of a standard that I wanted after getting poor results on ny Xay visit to Tasnmia. I purchased a Pentax Spotnatic with Flacro Lens and the 351317 wide angIe lens which I found to be invaluable in the big caves. The wide angle lens T~~s >-used extensively in Ekit Cave and I vould state that one would be wasting tine in the cave without this type of lens. I also 5unted all over Sydney lookixg for big flash globes of the pf5b type. I na3aged to get around 40 of then. Catherinc and myself left 3enolan Caves a3out 4.30pn. on the Tuesday afternoon and headed for F'lelhourne via thc Olympic Vay, stopping at Vsngaratta that night and arriving in Ilelbmrne about 10.30~~. on Vedncsday the 9th. Ve then went into the A.C.T.U. store and purchased all the filn that I mould he using on the trip. High speed ectracro~~e and som slower A&a. 7e then had lunch and headed out towards l?illianstm to the Ferry and found that we were irl the wrong part of the City and had to go all the way back and out the other way. It F~S just as nell that me had plenty of tine up our slceves. Thc trip over was very caln after all that I had heard about %ss Strait. We duly arrived in Devo~port and disen3arked around 10.30am. \7c were met by Andrew =and his nev ?ride of six days, Roslyn. :lc then loaded up, purchased son& food and headed for Pble Creek and Gary Plelville 'S place at Solonon Cavc, nhere nc stopped for the duration of our stay in the Kole Creek area. After un-packing the car, we had lunch and then decided to go and get some shots of the aragonite in the Ghengis Khan Cave. On this trip, indrew and nyself were accompanied 'ly Ros and Catherine. This was Catherine's first attempt at caves mitbout paths and steps and she was glad to get Sack outside! She did not fancy the rockpile in the cam! In this particular cave, there are sone very good aragonite fornations and after taking sonc of the shots orith the Tlacro lens, I changed to the wide angle lens, I used only those lens for the rest of ny tour of Tasmanian caves. Around bo-hours mere s?ent in this cave and Irhope to have some good photos. Had sone supper and then notored into Ilole Creek for some liquid refreshnezlts and to met some of the caverneers fron Hobart who were due to j~in us for the ..reeke-nd ?~ut found that they were not due mtil Friday .light. C One tho Friday, me ventured into Creosus Cave, indeed a very beautiful cave with the river mming through its entire length. I had 5ecn into this cave in Nay Tmt nas not very happy nith the rcsults that I got. This cave was one of the najor oBjects of the trip and I was expecting good results this tine. We went right to the end of the cave and photographed our wag 3ack, taking a lot of nultiflash shots. This is a ve~p qre!ty,cave and one of the possible tourist caves of the fufure. Thc rir~stone fornatlons in this cave are one of the attractions dnd E great lot of thought mould have to be put into the devel9pment to prevent the tourists dmaging them. The colour of the cave is as pod as you will find anywhere and is all one level to my howledge, so noul? not bc a hard cave for thet~urists. By the tine ne arrived at the entrance again, we had been in the cave for a3out 5 hours. On 40th riy trips into Creosus, I have) been told about the unscrupulous person or persons ~410 have been taking calcite fornations out of the cave and selling it to shops in Launcestm who retail it to t\e public. I non klieve that this has been stopped due to the efforts put in 3y nenFcrs of the northern clubs who apparently apprqached the shopkeepers and told them the full facts behind the calcite and vhere it caue fron. They also have their snspicions as to who the oulprits are and a justified pounding would 3e appreciated if it


Speleo Spiel. June 19E. was adninistered thorouchly. After supper, me vent into Nole Creek to pick up the people fron Hobart and show then the nay out to the caves. (This statement is not as funny as it sounds I, for one had not Seen to V91e Creek prior to this trip! E<.) One Saturday nonling, t7e took the gear up the hill to the lamer entrance to Kubla Khan and started to rig the cave for entry ?>y our party mbich consisted of Franlc Brom, Peter Dmd, Bill IIardnm and Tim Daqiels fron the Northern Brmch, .i.ldren Skinner, Laurie I'Ioody, Greg Strickland and myself. This was a cor.?:ined tri? of 30th clu'w. Frank Brm and Peter Dmd had been ;ly conpanions on oy previous trip in Nay and I was very pleased to 3e a51e to team up with then again. They renizd me of two of ny fellow guides at Jenolan vhen we are caving to-gether sme sort of antics and never a dull nonent. Both rere also very homledgea'lle re t'?e cave, a good thing for a successful trip. Jhbla is a cave that requires 'how-how' in cave technique md not for the novice. One has to negotiate the entrance either by a3seil or ladder 9 netre free cliiqb, 18 netre pitch against the rock and then a rrud slope, up a hit of florstone md then mto the water traverse vhj.ch is abmt 90 netres long. This section has many o?stacles, nota?>ly the trapeze dmdrop and stalactite shuffle and then into the water for the last 30 netres. This brin;;s you out into 'Cairn Hall' and up into the 'Pleasure Done', the most fantastic section of flonstone that I have ever seen and prq3aT~ly mill see. This was photographed to the fullest with evorythizg me had. This is also an area where boots are for13idden by mutual agreenent. After this, ne then vqrked our nay up towards the part of the cave known as the 'Forest', which had t9 be rigged with a shwt ladder. On thrmgh the 'Forest' and past the pools km as 'Sally's Folly' rAere you have to clin?: alo~g the nall and hang on to the decorations, a very tricky sectim of the cave. Once past this, you have to chimey up the next part and along sone passas and up another chinney-type clin?., over the rocks and into 'Xmadu' The first thin[; that you is 'The Khan', a huge great stala~mite 18 netres hi@ and a deep red or bmn in colmr. On the opposite side of the cave is 'The Bern' ahich is a gigantic stalagnite 21.4 netres high. Both these nonsters are in a cavern of & acres. Uter adniring these two fornations at length, Te ventured up into the 'Jade Pqol' and frog there into the 'Forbidden City1, a part of the cave that is a cavers drean. It has everjthing that you would expect to find in caves that are dcc~rated. Parts of this area arc naned 'King's Rqad', 'The Silk Shop', 'The Opiun Den' and the 'Khan's Amy'. It is hard to describe this section one has to see for thcnselves to appreciate the 3eauty of the area. Ve returned 'mck tbrmgh the cavern called 'Xanadu', vhere the big guns are md spent abut half an hour here getting ph3tographs. Everywhere else in the cave, I got g~od results hut in this sp3t for sone unknown reason I got blanks. .'m?ren mas more f~rtunnte and his shot of 'The Khan' is the ?est I have seen including Llog.2 R~ol>inson's, taken with the Diprotodon. True to life colour. This time I have allmed for this and in the near future hope to have better results. After this, we started on our nay out and reached the top again at 9.05pn., nearly an eleven hour trip. Bone exhausted, a go~d hot bath at Gary's, a feed and to bed. Continued in next issue. Gum's Plains 17/5/75. Party: Andrew Skinner (EC ) Hugh King, Peter i)omde, Jed Butler (NC ). A previously unrecorded cave was located in a plly on the road to Preston. It is situated in a d~line close to an intenittent surface creek. A 7m. pitch led to a sizeable chamber -"vith several crawls leading off. One of which led to a 10n. pitch. This -:?as descended using a knotted rope, as the only ladder had been used on the first pitch. ,It the hotton of the drop a


Speleo Spiel. Pam 11. June 1975. mall creek enters the cave, runs through a short rockfall and drops down a third pitch. Jed descended this drop using another knotte3 ropc and proceeded to explore the rest of thc cave rhile the rest of the party waited at the top of the pitch. He located another 10m. pitch but nas able t.1 climb dm without gear. The cave petered out soon after. Total depth is approximately 60-70 metres. The cave has been entered previously, proba3ly 3y scouts, mhq left two wooden ladders and some rope. Suggcstcd nane is hateurs Cave. ,lndreW Skinner. Flowery Gully 19/5/75. This area was briefly visited .luring a Tamar Plamiqg Authority field trip. Fqur holes in Bcams Brw. quarries rrero briefly investigated. It was pqintcd out to the Authority that thz area had little cave conservational value mken compared with other cave areas in the state, but it has considera5le recreational value for sporting caving by scout and school parties. The caves are situated on private land which has been cleared. It was recommended that a hitherto uncleared hill adjacent to Bear?'s property 3c preserved, Snth for cave and almrigina1 artifact purposes. il trip to this area ill 5e arranged durinp: the July longweekend in association with the Launceston Speleo Clu3. hdrevr Skinner. ?Iqle 'Creek Partx: Andrev & Rhs Skinner (EC) Jed Butler (NC), Several caves vere visited and numbered in the Gillan Creek area, Gillam Cave was trogged and a third entrance was discovered. hother shqrt cave through a spur was numbered. '.hen Jed looked in the outflow entrance he found a native hen. 'Je folloned the bird into the cavebut it trier! tn dive the sunp. 56th a little persuasion we managed to escort it to the entrance. -1 small cave was explored near a farmhmse but only yielded about 80 netres of passaze. It contained extensive cov dun&deposits and qther farm rubbish. Suggested nane is Smelly Cave. Altogether, eight entrances were nun3ered. Andrew Skinner. Flowery Gully 1/6/75. Partv: Andrev Skinner (TCC) Jed Butler (NC). WO caves m\ich trcre noted on a previous visit were explwed. The first was a crawly hole mith nq more than tnn metres of passams. The second req~ired a ladder, but prove3 to be only 20 netres deep and consisted of a single large chanber. l% 201 was visited and rre nct a party from SCS there. Thc cave is quite extensive and vill be surveyed on the next trip. R202 was also visited. On the way back to Launcestm, some fissure caves at Brady's L~okout were also investigated. Andrev Skinner. ,Den Cave:Outflow cave, 70 netres lmg mith small stream: blocked by sump at upstrean end. Not yet assimed (lwt in Ilerscy River). Blerseg Hill Cave:Vediur, sized, lqw roofed cave with snall creek and snall chan5ers; some decoration. Resurgence of snall strean draining into narsh near ill am Creek. Ten netre decp rift lea4ing down tq creek; close to flC 76. Gillam Cave:(Outflow entrance) InTlm-outflov cave mith sone decoration and 'r:oon-nilk' Gillan Cave:Dry upper entrance discovered 30/5/75. Gillam Cave:(Inflow entrawe).


Speleo Spiel. Pa~e E. June 1975. W 81: Un-named cave; (inflow entrance) mall tributary of Gillan Creek ms t?lrouch spur; blocked 3y siphon. !!C 82: Outflow e~trance t~ ?E 81. !!C 83: Odorous Cave :(suggested nane was Smelly cave); snall strean cave in hill dmmstrean from W 82; much farm debris and cow dung. The following names mere approved at the June general neeting:7OKGU.WO ENTRUTCE: This xanc was suggested hy Thercse Gxde for the fourth entrance into the Be{:inners Luck system in the Florentine Valley. The entrance contained an excessive quartity of wom3at droppin@. ,MZWEURS CAVE: This name was su3mitted 5y ktdrem Skinner for a cave recently explored at Gum's Plains. Description:60 netre deep cave; located 17/5/75; situated in doline south-vest of Freston tomship; 4 short pitches; nuch talus. ODOROTJS C ATE : but after sme has been entered; internittent stream; no decoration; Locatei! at Vole Creek. Suctgested name nas Smelly Cave 3iscussion it vas decided that Od rous was a better word. ...................... The Naydena Branch of TCC have Seen quite busy and on Sun4hy 25/5/75, surface explvation nas carried out in the vicinity of '~7elcone Stranger, Tiger Rqad & vest of the Florentile River on Stan RTurrays Road. Farty: Nax Jeff ries (L), Tin Jeff ries Phillip Voss, Stcphen Stans3y and John 'Tiller. The Yaydena nob are living up to their reputation 3f if therc is a cave, ne "ill find it. Suqday was no exception, locating no less than eight caves worthy of nunbering. (Look out, Skinner!) Four .~lere in tbe vicinity of 'gelcone Stranger, h7o in the Tiger Road, north of the riverwash quarry and ho vest of the Florentine River on Stan 13urrays Road. This is an area that has a lot of pstential in caverneering and pro5a3ly the last un-explored area of limestone in the Florentine Valley. Access into all caves :7as relatSvely easy ancl all *.rere goers as the saying is, but recent heavy rain prevented us fron exphring then more fully. I nonlt give any detailed descriptions on each individual cave as it nould take a Spiel to do so 5ut I an sure our efforts ill be re-mrded later in the year when the caves hecome more accessable. An enjoyable day was also %eld on Sunday, May 11th. when our 3ranch ran a field day and krbecue in the Florentine. lhelve peqple attended, nhich included six prospective ~em3ers. A11 are interested in caving. John Niller. CLllSS II?IED NOTICES. collection of thk finest slides ever collected on the Kubla Khan Cave arc for sale at the ridiculous lom price ?f 35c per slide including postage. This collecti~n ~f 30 slides are well worth investing in. Iiow nany hoxes I?o you vant?" "9 16m. colour filc: "Crystal I.lingdonl' shot hy UTJSYES at Clief!!.cn, near Orange, NS7 is now availa5le for hire at only $5 The filn traces the course of three explorers through the cave and enphasizes cave conservatim." For further infornation on 30th ads contact:JOHN C,UUIICIL'LF:L, 108 hden Street, Coogee, Nen South %les, 20%.

The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September
1946. Initially, information was provided to members through
a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947.
"Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering
Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this
are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was
again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until
March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo
Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter.
In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club
amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the
Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern
Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue
to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as
continues today (2015).
Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and
karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements,
of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers
technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other
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